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Enrollment for Medicaid expansion launches for Flint residents

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

State lawmakers expanded Medicaid to Flint residents impacted by the water crisis earlier this year.

Enrollment for the Flint Medicaid waiver launched on May 9. The expansion is available to children under 21, pregnant woman who drank out of the Flint water system since April 2014 and residents with income levels up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level.

In addition to the Medicaid expansion, residents can also receive help with services involving medical, education or social.

“Thanks to this waiver, comprehensive health benefits are now available to approximately 15,000 more residents who were served by the Flint water system,” said Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). “It’s important that residents are aware of the supports offered through this coverage, including case managers that can connect residents to health care resources in the community.” 

Once a resident enrolls in the expanded Medicaid program their coverage is retroactive for three months prior to enrollment up to March 1, 2016, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said.

Residents enrolled in the coverage will not have to pay premiums, contributions or co-pays.

For more information on enrolling, click here.

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